By: Lydia Rogers
The Conaton Learning Commons will resume a 7 a.m. – 1 a.m. schedule for its regular hours of operation this spring semester after it had been kept open 24/5 for the three weeks between Thanksgiving break and the end of finals week.
The extended hours had provided students with some extra time in the CLC’s workspaces during a time when end of the semester tensions grew higher.
“Several hundred students took advantage of the additional study hours, particularly the week before and the week of final exams,” Interim Director of Xavier’s Library Alison Morgan said. “We anticipate providing the same service again at the end of the spring semester, most likely for about the same time span.”
The Xavier Library and CLC divisions must adhere to certain budget guidelines which prevent them from keeping the CLC open 24/5 for the whole semester. Morgan said that extending hours at the end of the semester is a good compromise because it “provides as much study space as possible in the CLC when the students need it the most.”
The library will have the same hours for the spring semester as it did for the fall, which includes being open on the weekdays from 7 a.m. – 1 a.m. “This is an additional two hours more each day than the library was open in recent years, so we hope this also is convenient for students,” Morgan said.
The library also launched a new website format on Friday, January 10th. Enhancements include a more modern look and feel that closely matches Xavier’s brand and other Xavier webpages, search tools that enable students to find scholarly resources available at the top of every page on the site, and customized menus for students and faculty that allow users to quickly find the information that’s most relevant to them.
A list of specialized times for CLC and library hours during breaks and holidays can be found on the new library website.